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Blanka, as he appears in Street Fighter X Tekken.
Blanka
Birthdate February 12, 1966[1]
Birthplace BRAZ0001 Brazil[2]
Height 6'4"[3] (192 cm)[2]
Weight 216 lbs[3] (98 kg)[2]
Eye color Green
Hair color Orange
Blood type B[2]
Fighting style Electric shocking
Movement of the Wild[2]
Likes Tropical fruits, arapaima, his mother[2], the color green, Sakura, and Dan
Dislikes Army ants[2], being separated from his mother, people who wear masks
Rival(s) El Fuerte (SFIV), Karin (SFA3), Zangief (SFA3), Dan, Sakura (both friendly)
Hobbies Hunting, electrical discharge[2]
Moveset Electric Thunder, Beast Roll, Upward Beast Roll, Lightning Cannonball, Shout of Earth
Alignment Neutral Good/Chaotic Neutral
First game Street Fighter II
English voice actor(s) Scott McNeil (Street Fighter TV series)
Kevin Seymour (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
Taliesin Jaffe (Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken)
Japanese voice actor(s) Unsho Ishizuka (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
Takeshi Yamane (Street Fighter EX series)
Yuji Ueda (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom vs. SNK series, Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken)
Live action actor(s) Robert Mammone (human)
Kim Repia (mutated)
"Seeing you in action is a joke!"
—Blanka

Blanka (ブランカ Buranka?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series. Blanka's first appearance in the series was in Street Fighter II as part of the starting lineup.

BiographyEdit

Personality Edit

Blanka is generally passive and docile, and is fond of family connections and friendships as well as children, as seen in the animated series. Yet, when angered, Blanka attacks like a wild animal let loose from a cage, ferociously attacking his opponents with predatorial rage.

Characteristics Edit

Designed by Akira "Akiman" Yasuda, the concept behind Blanka emerged in an early design as an African man named Anabebe who was raised by a lion.[citation needed] After the release of Final Fight, Capcom again approached Street Fighter II and considered several designs for the Blanka character (including a masked wrestler modeled after Tiger Mask and a ninja-style warrior).[citation needed] His design later changed to a large man with thick hair and sideburns, named "Hammer Blanka".[citation needed] The staff then adopted Blanka's feral appearance, because they felt the game would be "dull" with only human characters.

Blanka's most prominent physical characteristic is his green color, initially attributed to his consumption of chlorophyll from plants to blend into his jungle environment. However, when Street Fighter was brought to the US Blanka's coloring was attributed to his being struck by lightning during the electrical storm in which his plane crashed. In Street Fighter II Blanka's skin is yellowish-green, but later versions of the character are bright green.

Blanka fights in a self-taught, animalistic style.[citation needed] In several of his special moves he rolls into a ball, launching himself at an opponent.[citation needed] In Blanka's signature attack, he crouches and emits an electrical current shocking anything it touches.[citation needed] Although Blanka growls in combat, he speaks in cutscenes.

His green skin color in the games is attributed to his constant use of chlorophyll from plants to better blend in with the jungle environment, a color change that eventually became permanent. His coloring changed in later games, making him bright green with vivid orange hair as opposed to the yellowish green skin he had in Street Fighter II. Blanka's style of fighting in the games is a self-taught savage fighting style; however, Capcom's USA division depicted it as a Capoeira technique.

In the non-canon Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Blanka appears in the ending of another green-skinned powerhouse, The Incredible Hulk. In the ending, Bruce Banner theorizes that gamma radiation caused Blanka's mutations, as they did his. He is also seen in the background of one stage, sitting in front of a campfire, in a crouch and face affixed in a snarl, across from The Beast, who mirrors his expression.

StoryEdit

A feral man from the Brazilian jungle with green skin and the ability to generate electricity, he is a childhood friend of Dan Hibiki.

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

His in-game story, just like the in-game stories of the other characters in the series, serves as a precursor to the events of Street Fighter II. The game tells a tale of how Blanka ate a melon on a poacher's truck and unwittingly traveled to civilization for the first time. Playing the game as Blanka, the player eventually faces Dan Hibiki as one of Blanka's mid-bosses. It is then revealed through in-game dialogue that the two know each other and that Blanka had once saved Dan's life. Dan addresses Blanka as "Jimmy", and tells him that if ever he needs help, he can ask Dan.

Blanka faces Zangief as his second mid-boss, and unwittingly prevents Zangief from helping to destroy the Shadaloo criminal organization. He then faces Shadaloo member Balrog before facing M. Bison. After Bison is defeated, Blanka, Dan, and Sakura work together and destroy Bison's Psycho Drive. It should be noted, however, that since many characters' endings in Alpha 3 each depict a different destruction of the Psycho Drive, Blanka's ending might not be canon.

Street Fighter IIEdit

In Street Fighter II, Blanka has apparently developed a taste for street fighting and competes in the second World Warrior tournament. In his ending, he reunites with his mother, who recognizes him on televised broadcasts of his matches by the anklets he wears. She addresses him by his birth name, Jimmy, and reveals that she gave him the anklets before he was in a plane crash as a little boy. This crash caused him to grow up in the wild, although he has connections to a local village. Ever since the crash, Blanka/Jimmy had been separated from his mother (who is seen wearing clothes more resembling traditional Thai wear).

Between his previous and this appearance in the series chronology, Blanka also learned to speak human language, presumably from Dan.

Street Fighter IV series Edit

Blanka leaves his mother because people kept staring at him, and goes to Hong-Kong with Dan. Dan quizzes him on what the second World Warrior tournament was like. He, Dan and Sakura then decide to enter the S.I.N. tournament, each for their own reasons, with Blanka himself wanting to win and earn people's respect.

After he loses in the final stages, he is wandering through S.I.N.'s HQ. There he bumps into Dan only to see flames heading towards them. The flames die before they can reach them, however, as they are extinguished by Sakura's and Ryu's Hadokens. It is revealed that his mother went looking for him and they are reunited, with Blanka resolving not to be concerned by the staring faces, since everything will be okay as long as he's with his "mama". He goes home, but isn't there long before he finds out that local visitors have arrived at his home to meet him and that he now has many new friends in town.[4]

Crossover appearances Edit

Street Fighter EX seriesEdit

Blanka is available as a playable character in the later games of the Street Fighter EX series, Street Fighter EX 2 and Street Fighter EX 3.

Capcom vs. SNK seriesEdit

He also made appearances as a playable character in Capcom vs. SNK and Capcom vs. SNK 2. According to his ending in Capcom vs. SNK 2, he thought he was flown home, but when he got off the plane, he ends up in a zoo instead.

Street Fighter X TekkenEdit

Blanka appears as a playable DLC character in Street Fighter X Tekken, his tag partner is Sakura.

Comics and Manga Edit

UDON Comics Edit

In the UDON comics, Blanka is found by Delta Red as a test subject of a Shadaloo lab in Brazil. While the team succeeds in retrieving him, along with Dee Jay (who had been acting as a brainwashed flunkie for them), he is later recaptured and assigned as a Shadaloo fighter in the upcoming Street Fighter tournament. He is defeated by Guile in the first round and, after the fall of Shadaloo, he reunites with his estranged mother.

Live-Action Films Edit

Street Fighter motion pictureEdit

The 1994 live-action Street Fighter film combined Charlie and Blanka into a single character. Robert Mammone plays the role of Blanka. At the beginning of the film, Guile's close friend Carlos Blanka (Charlie) is taken captive by Bison, who subjects him to genetic testing to create the perfect soldier. The film was made prior to Charlie's introduction as a playable character in the Street Fighter Alpha games.

Movies and Animations Edit

Street Fighter II: The Animated MovieEdit

Blanka makes a brief appearance in a hotel where a luxurious convention is held. Blanka appears in the evening entertainment, where he is lowered from a cage to fight Zangief. Blanka uses his Rolling Attack and Electric Shock when fighting. He was voiced by Unshō Ishizuka in Japanese, and Tom Carlton in English.

Street Fighter cartoon seriesEdit

He was voiced by Scott McNeil. In the cartoon, Blanka was portrayed as the protector of a small Brazilian village who eventually "rejoined" the Street Fighter team. Blanka appears as one of the more recurrent characters in the U.S. cartoon, acting as a scout gathering information for Guile and his friends on various missions.

Wreck-It RalphEdit

Blanka makes a cameo in Disney's 52nd Animated film Wreck-It Ralph during the closing credits. Ralph tries to fight Blanka, but ends up defeated when he gets shocked.

Gameplay and fighting styleEdit

Blanka's fighting style is based on speed and unpredictability. His unusual appearance and movement mean he can often surprise opponents with the range and sudden ferocity of his attacks, most of which are various incarnations of his Rolling Attack. His jump is very fast, allowing him to quickly hop over projectiles and attack opponents before they can recover.

In addition, his bestial characteristics allow him to counter moves in unusual ways - for instance, in the Street Fighter II series, Blanka can avoid a High Tiger Shot from Sagat by simply walking forward, allowing it to pass over his head. Later games modified the Rolling Attack so that the weaker versions of the move stopped short, allowing him more tactical capability, as well as introducing other variants of the move to increase the player's options for approaching opponents.

The series, as well as later games, grant Blanka moves that allow him to rush backwards and forwards quickly to surprise opponents, and sliding moves such as the Amazon River Run that allow him to slip under projectiles and attack an opponent's legs.

Quotes Edit

Blanka/Quotes

TriviaEdit

  • His prototypical name was "Big Dean Caves".
  • Blanka is Ono's favorite Street Fighter character, and he is often seen with a Blanka toy that he uses to hide spoilers.
    • According to an interview with Nintendo Channel[citation needed], Ono obtained this toy along with a few extra, from the hamburguer restaurant Jollibee's Kids Meal set in the Philippines similar to the Happy Meals from McDonald's.[5] Currently one of them is broken and Ono keeps the other close to him.
  • Blanka shares a birthday with the Naturalist Charles Darwin who postulated evolution by natural selection. Many of Darwin's facts were collected during his expedition of South America. Darwin has been depicted as a monkey-man (like Blanka) due to the implications of his theory on man's evolution.
  • Blanka has a cameo in the downloadable title Flock.
  • Early art of Blanka showed him having pure green skin, despite in-game renders showing him yellowish skin color. However his Street Fighter Alpha 3 design is much closer to this design.
  • His 10th alternate color bears a striking resemblance to his original color scheme in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.
  • Blanka and Adon share some similarities with each other: they have orange hair, they are both voiced by the same person in English (Taliesen Jaffe), and their 10th alternate colors represent their former color schemes from when they first debuted. Adon first appeared in the original Street Fighter, and Blanka first appeared in Street Fighter II.
  • In the UDON comics, the reason for his skin color and electrical abilities is due to Shadaloo experimentation, like in the movies.
  • When Rio de Janeiro was declared the site of the 2016 Olympic Games, pictures of Blanka drawn as the unofficial Olympic mascot began to spread.
  • The ending of Eyedol in Killer Instinct (the first game in Rare's series of fighting games) is a parody of the Blanka's ending in Street Fighter II, where Eyedol finds his mother but he kills her (this is more clear in the Arcade version of Killer Instinct than the SNES version).
  • In Felicia's ending of the original Darkstalkers, she says she wants Blanka as her co-star.

Stage ThemeEdit

Gallery Edit

SpritesEdit

For the full sprite gallery, see: Blanka/Sprites.

StancesEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Street Fighter II SNES manual, p.20
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/blanka.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdRZx3JJ7Ns
  5. https://twitter.com/Yoshi_OnoChin/status/309463257054334976

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